Rappler Talk: Divorce in the Philippines


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Rappler Talk: Divorce in the Philippines
Is the Philippines ready for a divorce law?

Rappler’s sex and gender columnist Ana Santos talked about divorce.  

Discussing the issue with her are annulment lawyer Evalyn Ursua and Ginger Castillo, a lawyer who represented herself in court during her own annulment case.

The Philippines may be the only country aside from the Vatican where divorce remains illegal, but a new survey shows many prefer change. 

A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Monday, March 23, shows 6 out of 10 Filipinos support divorce. The SWS says it’s the first time public support for the legalization of divorce grew to a “clear majority.”  Support for divorce in the Philippines has been on an upward trend since 2005.

In a November 2014 forum, Santos said pro-divorce advocates can manage to secure support for the measure if it gains the same traction as the passage of the landmark reproductive health (RH) law

The RH law managed to hurdle Congress despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, due in part to President Benigno Aquino III’s support for the measure.

During the 2013 elections, more senatorial candidates voiced opposition to the passage of the divorce law than those who favored it. (READ: Most Senate bets vs divorce)

It remains to be seen whether the growing public sentiment in favor of divorce would have an effect on lawmakers’ positions, with the 2016 elections more than year away.

Watch our discussion here. – Rappler.com

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